Clint Kaster
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Clint Kaster replied to Dan Daley's discussion Do You Like It Better Standing Up Or Sitting Down?
"Standing is definitely the more "engaged" position.  "
Jun 25
Clint Kaster commented on Clint Kaster's blog post 170'x40' Tent
"Well, I'm an idiot and simpler is better some days.   Arrived on site to discover all the usual challenges -- a last minute tent change had the damned thing go 12' further than anticipated (making the roof ballast placement I had…"
Jun 21
Clint Kaster replied to Eric "E.ROCK" Heil's discussion COI - Certificate of Insurance
"To work as a 1099 contractor, you should have to show proof of liability and workman's comp insurance or else you are NOT a contractor, you are an employee and should be placed on payroll.  This gets into some tough issues -- who is liable…"
Jun 21
George Petersen commented on Clint Kaster's blog post 170'x40' Tent
"Sounds like one of those "interesting" events. Keep us in the loop as it all unfolds (the story, not the tent) when it goes on this Friday, the 20th...."
Jun 15
Clint Kaster posted a blog post

170'x40' Tent

Oy vey.  We'll see how this shapes up.So it's the City Opera's 50th Anniversary and they wanted to go big with a gala event outside their fancy new-ish riverside headquarters.  Final design has two tents at a 90-degree angle with a stage between them.  A pre- and post-party tent sticks into their parking lot while a dinner tent stretches off down the middle of the street.  Lamp posts and whatnot limit our width to 40' and the dinner tent will be 170' long with a small stage about 100' from the…See More
Jun 12
Clint Kaster commented on George Petersen's blog post YOUR FIRST PA...
"It's a bit embarrassing to play THIS game, George.  But I started out in the late 80's with a couple EV152 cabinets and a Hafler power amp that I found at a garage sale.  An Alesis EQ was my first upgrade.  I can't…"
Jun 12
Jason Bertok liked Clint Kaster's blog post Gearing Up!
May 30
Clint Kaster posted a blog post

Gearing Up!

It's that time of year again -- in between our Spring and Fall gala seasons, I get a run of events that varies pretty heavily in my role and challenges.  Two big tent dinners for about 700 kick it off this year -- one is an audio-only gig but with the commandment from the client that audio be "invisible", the other handling video, lighting, staging/roof and sound on a tight time frame.  From there I head to our state Miss America competition for a week promising to feature a LOT of action in…See More
May 26
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May 26
Clint Kaster commented on Clint Kaster's blog post QuPac mixer!
"Greg, should have noted that in our conversation they wanted the ability to do one-button operation for daily use but also to have capacity to handle other room uses -- everything from small bands and DJ's to auctions, graduation parties, etc.…"
May 26
Greg Boucher commented on Clint Kaster's blog post QuPac mixer!
"I don't know what the budget is, but a Crestron could be a good solution. Store each setup as a function on the touch panel. Give them control over some features such as volume for they music playback etc"
May 25
Clint Kaster posted a blog post

QuPac mixer!

With an urgent call to revamp a very overmatched wedding chapel PA, I started looking at the current field of rack mount/iPad mixers.  The folks running daily operation are decidedly nontechnical and they really just needed a way to turn things on and off with minimum chance of screwup.The Mackie and Behringer offerings got crossed off the list pretty quickly by offering zero onboard control.  Dealing with a network connection and software was probably too much to ask of the staff.The QSC…See More
May 24
Clint Kaster replied to Ryan Hammond's discussion Wireless Control Surfaces—The Future of Live Mixing?
"I will freely admit to enjoying being able to stand onstage and talk with musicians about their mix and accurately reflect changes immediately as we check.  And the interfaces are getting better.  But as the sole interface?  No way in…"
Mar 24
Peter Richter commented on Clint Kaster's blog post My Worst Show In Recent Memory
"Mate... that's bad!"
Oct 15, 2014
Clint Kaster commented on Clint Kaster's blog post My Worst Show In Recent Memory
"Oh, and did I mention the last minute addition of six singers who wanted headset mics so they could walk through the crowd humming a theme song to the video roll?  The black circles on the diagram are pillars, by the way, and that's a LOT…"
Oct 14, 2014
Clint Kaster posted a blog post

My Worst Show In Recent Memory

Hired for a gala event in a room I know to be difficult.  Quick program, a fundraising appeal and then the guests retire upstairs for a dance party.  We walk in to discover the room PACKED with chairs -- literally barely enough room to walk through them -- this diagram does NOT do justice to the lack of space.The venue informs me that NO speaker stands can be placed on the floor as they interfere with catering.  Thinking fast, I pulled in column arrays and made it through the rehearsal just…See More
Oct 14, 2014

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What is your full name? (Yes, your real one.)
Clint Kaster
Where Is Your Current "Home Base"?
Portland, OR
How long have you been doing sound?
28 years
What’s your current gig?
Business Owner
What is your current/favorite audio toy(s)?
Allen & Heath QuSeries
Do you subscribe to FOH magazine?
Yes

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170'x40' Tent

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 9:01am 2 Comments

Oy vey.  We'll see how this shapes up.

So it's the City Opera's 50th Anniversary and they wanted to go big with a gala event outside their fancy new-ish riverside headquarters.  Final design has two tents at a 90-degree angle with a stage between them.  A pre- and post-party tent sticks into their parking lot while a dinner tent stretches off down the middle of the street.  Lamp posts and whatnot limit our width to 40' and the dinner tent will be 170' long with a small stage…

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Gearing Up!

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 9:12am 0 Comments

It's that time of year again -- in between our Spring and Fall gala seasons, I get a run of events that varies pretty heavily in my role and challenges.  Two big tent dinners for about 700 kick it off this year -- one is an audio-only gig but with the commandment from the client that audio be "invisible", the other handling video, lighting, staging/roof and sound on a tight time frame.  From there I head to our state Miss America competition for a week promising to feature a LOT of action in…

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QuPac mixer!

Posted on May 24, 2015 at 7:57am 2 Comments

With an urgent call to revamp a very overmatched wedding chapel PA, I started looking at the current field of rack mount/iPad mixers.  The folks running daily operation are decidedly nontechnical and they really just needed a way to turn things on and off with minimum chance of screwup.

The Mackie and Behringer offerings got crossed off the list pretty quickly by offering zero onboard control.  Dealing with a network connection and software was probably too much to ask of the…

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My Worst Show In Recent Memory

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 5:36pm 2 Comments

Hired for a gala event in a room I know to be difficult.  Quick program, a fundraising appeal and then the guests retire upstairs for a dance party.  We walk in to discover the room PACKED with chairs -- literally barely enough room to walk through them -- this diagram does NOT do justice to the lack of space.

The venue informs me that NO speaker stands can be placed on the floor as they interfere with catering.  Thinking fast, I pulled in column arrays and made it through the…

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A Good Day In Audio

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 5:59pm 0 Comments

As my third ex-wife used to point out, I am capable of great complaint about an otherwise awesome job.  This week has been a nice reminder of how fantastic this job really is most days.

I was brought into the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant a few years ago and it's been a joy.  Top-notch staff in the pageant and a team of dedicated volunteers, a world-class choreographer who I love watching work (picking up tips for my next career!), a friendly and knowledgeable venue team AND…

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